The Northern Sierra Partnership (NSP) is a collaborative initiative to conserve, restore, and enhance the magnificent natural landscape of the northern Sierra Nevada, and build the foundation for sustainable rural prosperity.

We work with private landowners, public agencies, nonprofit groups, and local communities to:

Conserve the sweeping natural landscapes that define our region; Expand opportunities to enjoy our region’s extraordinary natural assets through recreation, sustainable tourism, and environmental education;
Restore the ecological vitality of our forests, meadows and rivers, and the landscape’s resilience to natural disturbances like fire and flood; Support the growth of vibrant rural communities that sustain—and are sustained by—the healthy natural landscapes that surround them.

NSP is a partnership of five organizations: the Feather River Land Trust, the Sierra Business Council, The Nature Conservancy, the Truckee Donner Land Trust, and the Trust for Public Land. Community Initiatives—a non-profit 501c(3) organization based in San Francisco—serves as our fiscal sponsor. All donations to NSP are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.


 

Why the northern Sierra?

Many Californians and Nevadans share a common misunderstanding about the Sierra Nevada – namely that it is already protected. When they drive up Interstate 80 from the Bay Area or Reno, or travel the byways of the Sierra Nevada, they admire spectacular mountain vistas in every direction and assume they will remain that way forever.

Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Although the high country of the southern and central Sierra is protected in an unbroken sweep of national parks and forests from Tehachapi Pass to Desolation Wilderness west of Lake Tahoe, the northern Sierra Nevada is much more vulnerable to development. In fact, a full 50% of the land over 3000 feet in the northern Sierra is in private ownership compared to only 10% of the land over 3,000 feet in the rest of the Sierra Nevada.

 

Why we formed this partnership

NSP’s five partners have been working in the region for more than two decades, helping to conserve over 100,000 acres for the public’s benefit since 1990. From the historic landscapes of Donner Lake and Webber Lake, to working family ranches in the Sierra Valley and Indian Valley, our Partnership is working to protect the very best of the northern Sierra Nevada for all of us.

In 2007, our five partners decided to join forces to launch the Northern Sierra Partnership. Looking west to the Sacramento Valley and east to the Truckee Meadows, we realized that the window for protecting the large landscapes of the northern Sierra was closing. By linking arms and working more closely together, we hoped to increase public awareness of the threats to the Sierra and accelerate conservation investment in our region.

It worked! More people heard about the threats to the northern Sierra and joined our campaign. People who were already supporting our work gave more. And those new private dollars helped to leverage new public funding. Our conservation successes are numerous: Waddle Ranch and Summit Canyon (Greater Truckee Landscape), Independence Lake and Perazzo Meadows (Little Truckee River Watershed), the Balderston Ranch and Maddalena Property (Sierra Valley), Heart K Ranch (Genesee Valley), and the Pearce Ranch (Indian Valley), among others.

Looking forward, NSP seeks to conserve and steward additional land in six priority landscapes and invest in four strategic initiatives to enhance the condition of natural systems and communities in the northern Sierra Nevada.

We would like to thank the following foundations and agencies for their generous financial support:

David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Morgan Family Foundation
Resources Legacy Fund
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Flora Family Foundation
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund
Mary A. Crocker Trust
California Wildlife Conservation Board
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
U.S. Forest Service
Butler Koshland Fellowships

We would also like to express our deep appreciation to the hundreds of individual donors who fund our work.  Without you, none of this would be possible.